Death toll from Yolanda now more than 6,000

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Friday, December 13, 2013

MANILA -- More than a month after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) devastated the Visayas, death toll from its onslaught surpassed 6,000 on Friday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.

NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Eduado del Rosario said the death toll as of 6 a.m. Friday jumped to 6,009 while 1,779 remained missing.

Meanwhile, the total damage to properties has reached P35,547,986,330.67, with around P18.21 billion reported devastation in the infrastructure and P17.32 billion in the agriculture industry.

The figures also showed that the number of damaged houses remained at 1,192,093 based on the joint assessment by the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Del Rosario said the Department of Energy (DOE) continues to restore power supply in Eastern Visayas, particularly in Tacloban City and parts of Ormoc City and in the municipalities of Anilao, Banate, Barotac Viejo and in Ajuy.

He said water supply in Leyte is already sufficient, while 70 percent of water operations has been restored in Iloilo.

The NDRRMC also mentioned that the "Diskwento Caravan” of the Department of Trade and Industry continues to operate its in various locations that were devastated by the super typhoon, while price control for basic commodities as well as in the prices of petroleum products continues to take effect in Eastern Visayas.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development said that more than P1.071 billion worth of relief assistance has already been provided for the affected residents living in the region. (Sunnex)

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